A Cool Neighborhood in a Cool City
The East Lansing / MSU community has embarked on an innovative project to create an exciting urban neighborhood known as East Village. This high-density, mixed-use development will be a unique addition to our city, enhancing the college town atmosphere. The development will enable East Lansing to become a more attractive and dynamic destination with an even higher quality of life. How this Planning Project Came Together
In past years, officials at the City of East Lansing and Michigan State University (MSU) have discussed ways to initiate improvements to the area proposed for East Village. The City has worked together with East Lansing residents and MSU to develop a future vision for that area, featuring a vibrant and inviting mixed-use community. After more than two years of work by a planning committee, the public, professional consultants and the East Lansing Planning Commission, the East Village Master Plan (PDF) was adopted in February 2006.
Michigan State University and a number of stakeholders in the East Lansing area have continuously shown their support for this innovative project throughout the master planning process and later through the planning phase of the Pierce Education Properties Project.
In August 2006 the City of East Lansing entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with a development firm called Pierce Education Properties, formerly The Pierce Company. In the fall of 2009 Pierce Education Properties placed the redevelopment project on hold due to the recession and its impact on the development industry and capital markets. The City of East Lansing continues to pursue the goals of the East Village Master Plan.
Find Out More About East Village
The land proposed for East Village, currently known as Cedar Village, is a 35-acre area bounded by East Grand River Avenue on the north, Hagadorn Road on the east, the Red Cedar River on the south and Bogue Street on the west. It is situated next to the MSU campus and is steps away from East Lansing's vibrant and diverse downtown.
Tools for Redevelopment
Through a public participation process, the City developed and adopted a new East Village District Code in 2006. This document will guide the development and provide the legal context for the East Village area.